Monfils vs. Djokovic
|Date & Time||Saturday July 30, 2016, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
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Novak Djokovic and Gael Monfils square off in the semifinals of the 2016 Rogers Cup.
Novak Djokovic is coming off a straight sets win over Tomas Berdych that took 23 games to decide. Djokovic seems like his old self after an early exit in the Wimbledon, and he’s lost just 16 games in his last two matches. Djokovic is hitting the ball with confidence and continues to make very few unforced errors. Again, Djokovic is going to have to beat himself a bit if he’s going to lose a match in his current form. Djokovic continues to rise to the occasion and finish points when needed most. Djokovic looks to reach his eighth final appearance this season and hasn’t lost a semifinal appearance in over a year. Djokovic has won 17 straight matches on hard court.
Gael Monfils is coming off a straight sets win over Milos Raonic that took 20 games to decide. Monfils continues to play some of his best tennis of his career and remains level headed and focused. Monfils has won 18 of his last 21 sets overall and is no longer making the silly errors that have cost him matches over the years. If Monfils can remain in this form consistently, he’s capable of beating anybody in the world and can start pushing for possible grand slam titles. Monfils hopes to make his fourth final this season and has won three straight semifinal appearances. Monfils has won nine straight matches on hard court.
These two have played 12 times in the past and Djokovic has won 11 of those meetings. The most recent match was in the 2014 Paris Masters, a match Djokovic won in straight sets. Monfils’ only win over Djokovic came in 2004 in Italy.
I’ve said it time and time again, I love Monfils and the way he’s playing. However, betting against Djokovic in any match isn’t a wise move, especially here where the head to head is overwhelming.
Give me Djokovic to advance to yet another final.